The Delta FFA Chapter has been active and growing since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The students have been working hard and learning about various facets of the agricultural industry, agricultural education and the FFA organization. The school year began with a new advisor, Ms. Kendal Butterfield, and enthusiastic, committed students.
The Delta FFA Chapter attended BIG Conference Sept. 26 to expose first year agriculture students to the organization. All 38 students were given the opportunity to learn the different aspects of FFA, meet members from other chapters, and learn leadership skills.
On Oct. 4, Delta FFA students attended the District Leadership Conference (DLC). Members rotated through seven different leadership workshops hosted by the district officers, including two of Delta's own: Morgan Redden and Sierra Nelson.
The Delta FFA Chapter took eight students to FFA National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind. The theme this year was "I Can, We Will." The attendees went to the first general session and the fourth general session. During the first session students heard a message from keynote speaker, Laila Ali, an undefeated boxing champion. During the fourth general session, the keynote speaker was Mick Ebeling.Throughout his speech, his message was to do good and help those around you. The members were brought to tears through his inspiration and challenge.
While in Indiana, students also toured Keeneland Racetrack and multiple horse farms and significant equine locations, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Umbarger's Feed, and saw the world premier of "Farmers for America"-- a movie narrated by Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs." Three of the attendees had never flown and for all students this was an incredible opportunity for learning, exposure, and growth.
The Delta FFA participated in the Delta Parade of Lights. Before the parade, the chapter set up a booth that was run by our alumni/ag boosters members and Delta FFA members. They sold pulled pork meals, coffee and hot chocolate, and had a very successful turnout before about 30 students joined the parade and rode the float.
Delta FFA hosted the district speaking contest in November, which required significant effort from our members, both to organize and compete. Delta FFA had three members compete at this contest. Joslyn Carpenter and Doyle Young, both freshmen, competed in the FFA Creed contest. Sierra Nelson, a junior, competed in prepared public speaking. All three of our members placed silver. The speaking portion of the night was followed by dinner and an FFA dance for all district FFA members; overall this was a very successful night.
In the month of November, members sold fruit and Homestead sausage to raise money for the chapter. The top five sellers were rewarded with a trip to the National Western Stock Show and five industry tours. While in Denver, the members toured Colorado Serum Company, the Gelbvieh Association, Colorado Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University's Agricultural Research, Development, and Educational Center, and lastly, Harper's Lamb Feedlot.
In January, Delta FFA brought seven freshmen members to compete at the District Quizbowl contest. These young members were great representatives of Delta FFA and Delta High School and the chapter was proud of their success.
Lastly, Delta FFA has done its best to serve the community and assist when possible. The chapter served at the City of Delta's Christmas dinner, the Delta County Livestock banquet, and the Elks' Charity Ball fundraiser. The chapter hosted a petting zoo during Halloween High to bring agricultural knowledge to younger students. The chapter will continue to seek opportunities to portray the FFA motto of "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve."
National FFA week is a great week of celebration for the chapter and the organization across the country; during the week, the chapter will host a teacher breakfast, organize activities and games with all students of DHS, and share their experiences within agriculture and the FFA. Delta FFA looks forward to the rest of the school year and is committed to making an impact. Delta FFA will be holding its Member Auction and Oyster Fry on March 28 at 6 p.m.; call DHS for more information. The chapter hopes to see you there!